How to Reduce Muscle Stress at the Computer

This short presentation will be the start of a number of helpful articles to help make life more comfortable.

Steps

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    Be sure to stretch.
    • Stretching is one of the major components of an exercise program. Stretching increases the flexibility or range of motion of your body’s joints. Flexibility is essential for the maintenance of functional fitness and vital in ones ability to care for ones personal needs. Because the incidents of muscle and joint injuries increase with age, gentle, slow stretches are the only ones appropriate for older adults. In planning your stretching exercises, select those exercises that involve slow, reaching, bending and stretching movements. They are important in your daily activities for independent living.
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    Stay in good physical condition and do physical exercises outside the work area such as aerobics and improving muscle tone. If an exercise equipment facility is not available to you, then walking 30 minutes a day is extremely good exercise. If you do walk, then swing your arms back and forth as you walk.
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    Doing a weight workout that involves the major muscle groups of your chest or your legs not only burns about 8 calories a minute, it also builds and maintains good metabolism, boosting muscle tone.
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    Pay attention to your neck. In the workplace, working at the computer particularly, you want to give special attention to the neck, the upper back and the shoulders, the lower back and the hamstrings. While doing any stretching activities, avoid holding your breath.
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    Do them intermittently. Since you are in the workplace, these exercises do not have to be done all at once. Possibly every half hour do one of these and go through the series throughout the day.
    • Fingers interlaced in the front
      • While reaching to the front, the fingers are interlaced and the palms are turned away from the body. This position is held for ten seconds. Relax, rest for a few seconds and then repeat this cycle five times.

Warnings

  • Be gentle and do not overdo the stretching, repetition contributes much.

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